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D.C. United exits MLS is Back tournament, NWSL expands to Los Angeles, and more: Freedom Kicks for July 22, 2020

DCU: “Not great, Bob!”

MLS: D.C. United at Montreal Impact Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Well, that wasn’t great, y’all. It was a late night for all of us, so I’ll get into the links now:

Listless D.C. United out of MLS is Back Tournament thanks to 1-0 loss to Montreal Impact - BRU

D.C. United couldn’t muster a goal with their hands on destiny’s steering wheel, and they leave the MLS is Back tournament after a 1-0 loss to the Montreal Impact. We don’t know when their next match will be at this point.

The best part of the match occurred virtually. The Filibuster crew held a wonderful pregame Zoom on the official virtual watch party, and then our Adam became a meme!

That’s my Adam. <3

Hollywood stars and ex-USWNT players unite to bring NWSL team to Los Angeles - ESPNFC

Angel City FC is the name of the new NWSL franchise, set to begin in 2022 in LA. They will play at the home of the LA Galaxy, but they will not be linked with either LA MLS franchise. Still, this could be huge for the NWSL.

Gregg Berhalter expects Concacaf World Cup qualifying to begin in November - SSFC

It looks like the United States Men’s National Team could be playing friendlies in October, with an eye on World Cup qualifying beginning either in November or early next year. That could all change depending on how this coronavirus pandemic endures.

SSFC Podcast, Episode 17: NWSL Challenge Cup quarterfinals recap, MLS expansion delayed, 2022 World Cup times - SSFC

The latest Stars & Stripes FC Podcast deals with the NWSL Challenge Cup (and the frustration at Rose Lavelle’s minutes being limited), the delay in MLS expansion, and the 2022 World Cup schedule. Check it out!

Gerardo Bedoya: The story of the world’s ‘dirtiest’ footballer - BBC

The story of the guy with the most red cards in world football history. And he’s still collecting them as a coach!

Enjoy the day, everyone.